Helping My Daughter #Getashot At Life!

by Pam on September 2, 2014

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“Mrs. Wattenbarger, did he just say his child has broken out with chicken pox this morning?” a parent asked me. Her befuddled expression matched mine. “I believe so,” I said, as I watched the principal close in on the parent. “Your son can’t stay here while contagious,” she informed him. “But he wanted to come,” exclaimed the dad. Naturally, this child was in the same class at my daughter and three weeks later she came down with her own case of the chicken pox. I know chicken pox is a routine childhood illness, but for my daughter, who has a weakened immune system due to a rare genetic disease, any illness she contracts will not be  routine. Believe me, I am on a first name basis with our doctor and have his number memorized! The first thing I am asked when I take her to a new specialist, which occurs often, is “Are her immunizations up to date? Has she had her seasonal flu shot?”
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I am a huge believer in adopting pets from the local animal shelter to give them a second chance on life.  Unfortunately, our local animal shelter has to euthanize almost 80% of their animals. They also don’t have the money to give them any preventive care before adoption.  When we went to the shelter to pick out a cat, a small black kitten kept climbing the cage and meowing at us for all she was worth.  Informed we wanted this cat, the shelter worker murmured, “This is your lucky day, cat,” as she brought her to the office for us to fill out paperwork.  We took her to the vet for a checkup the next week and discovered she was infected with parasites. “It’s good you brought her in,” the vet informed us, “or she would have died. With this medicine I’m prescribing 90% of all kittens recover.”   That’s when I realized the importance of regular checkups for our pets.  Regular checkups can find medical problems in early stages, meaning I don’t have to pay for costly emergency treatment.

Sassie & Mitzie

Sassie & Mitzie ignore each other.


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I have driven through Paducah many times traveling to other cites. We usually planned this as our stop to grab a quick bite to eat and get gas before hopping back on the interstate. What I didn’t know was the wealth of history, art and other treasures available in the Lower Riverfront District. Designated as one of three UnEsco Creative Cities in the US, it’s a treasure trove of activity for the creative mind.  Bryan and I recently had a chance to spend a day relaxing and exploring the sites.  We parked in a huge (free!) parking lot along the river and took a few minutes to gaze at the Ohio river before turning our attention to The Floodwall Murals.
floodwall murals

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Thrive, not just survive! The Second Month

by Pam on August 30, 2014

Last month I began my Le-Vel Thrive  journey and planned to keep everyone updated on what I did–and did not–like, along with sharing my results.  Then, August happened.  You know the saying  March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?  Apparently August decided to come in like a lion and stay like a rampaging lion!  I got sidetracked with a lot of unexpected emergencies, which kept me away from home and at the hospital with a family member.  This, along with a few other stressful events, kept me from following the program as I should.

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When my daughter was younger mornings at our house were a major struggle. “I don’t want to go to school!” she would cry. This was followed by the frustration of her not knowing what she wanted to wear, what she wanted to eat or what she wanted for lunch. I would finally have her ready and in the car, driving the short distance to school, only to notice she had pulled the bow partially out of her hair. By the time she arrived she looked as if her hair had never been combed and her clothes had not been pressed. Embarrassing! The principal, who greeted each student upon arrival in an annoyingly cheerful manner for anyone that early in the morning, would receive a loud “hmmmph.” I learned some school survival tips to make the transition easier for all of us. Here’s 5 tips that helped us all survive.


I am never, ever, getting out of bed.

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3 Reasons to Attend a Blog Conference

August 29, 2014

“What are you doing now, Pam? Are you still teaching school?” I am asked this every time I run into an old acquaintance.  My explanation, “I have my own website,” is usually met with blank stares. Even my friends have been known to ask, “So, are you still doing that thing online?”  It can be [...]

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Grilled Pepper, Steak and Potato Salad (Gluten Free!)

August 28, 2014

This post is brought to you by DataRank and Kingsford Charcoal. All opinions are my own. I am a salad kind of gal as is my daughter. This is in direct contrast to the men in the family who think meat is a must at every meal.  They might not have meat at every meal, [...]

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